Bobbi Kristina

Release Date:  10/8/17; TV One
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR

Cast:  Joy Rovaris (Bobbi Kristina), Demetria McKinney (Whitney Houston), Hassan Johnson (Bobby Brown), Nadji Jeter (Nick Gordon), Vivica A. Fox (Pat Houston), Carl Kennedy (Gary Houston).

Story:  Our story begins immediately after Whitney’s (played by Demetria McKinney) death and takes us into Krissi’s struggle to come to terms with her mother’s death and her own life. Even as she finds herself in an increasingly volatile relationship with Nick Gordon (played by Nadji Jeter), the young man with whom she grew up and ultimately fell in love with.  Even as she endures the pain of a strained relationship with her father (played by Hassan Johnson) and aunt Patricia Houston (played by Vivica A. Fox).  Even as she wages her own war with addiction and physical abuse.  For the first time, Krissi will be revealed in a way the world has never seen and may never forget — through the eyes of her best friends and those who knew her well. Bobbi Kristina introduces us to the girl we thought we knew and the woman we never got to see.  Source:  TV One.  Photo Source:  People.com.

According to E! News on this date – Bobby Brown is Suing Over Abusive Portrayal in Bobbi Kristina Biopic.  Fresh off the successful premiere of TV One original movie, When Love Kills, the network is preparing to release their controversial biopic on the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, a move father, Bobby Brown, is attempting to block by any means necessary.  The New Edition member has officially filed a lawsuit against TV One, seeking over $1,000,000 in damages.  Source:  Ebony.com.

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Michael Jackson:  Searching for Neverland

Release Date:  5/29/17; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:   Dianne Houston
Studio:   Lifetime, Silver Screen Pictures, Lifetime Television

Cast Navi (Michael Jackson), Chad L. Coleman (Bill Whitfield), Sam Adegoke (Javon Beard), Aidan Smith (Prince Jackson), Taegen Burns (Paris Jackson), Michael Mourra (Blanket Jackson).

Story:  Based on the best-selling book, Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, and told through the eyes of Jackson’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. The movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.  Source:  Lifetime.

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Marshall

Release Date:  10/13/17; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama/Biography
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Reginald Hudlin
Studio:   Chestnut Ridge Productions, China Wit Media, Starlight Media, Super Hero Films, Open Road Films (II).
Cast:  Chadwick Boseman (Thurgood Marshall), Josh Gad (Sam Friedman), Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown, Keesha Sharp, Jussie Smollett, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas.

Story:  The film covers Marshall’s early years as a young lawyer tasked with defending a black chauffeur in a highly publicized sexual assault case.  Paired with young Jewish lawyer Friedman in a segregationist court, he’s forced to fight prejudice as he and Friedman work their case — which helped set the stage for the future Civil Rights Movement.  Source:  Indiewire.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Release Date:   4/22/17; HBO
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  George C. Wolfe
Studio:   Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films, HBO Films and Cine Mosaic.
Cast:  Renée Elise Goldsberry, Oprah Winfrey, Courtney B. Vance, Rose Byrne, Rocky Carroll, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Leslie Uggams, Reg E. Cathey, Reed Birney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, John Douglas Thompson, Adriane Lenox, Roger Robinson, Melvin Van Peebles.
Story:  The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, whose cervical cancer cells were harvested without permission in 1951, and were used to create numerous medical breakthroughs – including the first immortal line of cells.  Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles Deborah’s search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of her cancerous cells changed countless lives and the face of medicine forever.  It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.  Source(s):  Deadline, We Got This Covered.

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Roxanne Roxanne

Release Date:  3/23/18; Netflix
(2017 – original release date)
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  100 mins.
Director:  Michael Larnell
Studio(s):   Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, IamOTHER Entertainment, Neon.
Cast:  Chanté Adams (Roxanne Shanté), Mahershala Ali (Cross), Nia Long (Ms. Peggy Gooden), Elvis Nolasco (Ray), Jermel Howard (Roland), Eden Duncan-Smith (Latifa), Tonye Patano (Ms. Denise), Sean Ringgold (Keith), Taliyah Whitaker (Young Roxanne Shanté).

Story:   The film, set in the 1980s, tells the story of a 14-year-old rap prodigy from New York City’s Queensbridge Projects named Lolita Shante Gooden, who would go on to become the famed rapper hip hop fans know her as: Roxanne Shanté.

Shanté’s career kicked off after meeting fellow rapper Tyrone Williams, D.J. Mr. Magic and record producer Marley Marl outside the Queensbridge housing project, the same complex that produced rap legends like Nas and Mobb Deep.  She gained commercial success after teaming up with Marl to produce a response track to U.T.F.O.’s popular song “Roxanne, Roxanne.” Her version, which legend has it was free-styled in Marl’s apartment in between laundry loads, was titled “Roxanne’s Revenge” and became an instant hit.  Sources:  Black Film; Essence.  Photo Source:  Sundance.org.

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Surviving Compton:  Dre, Suge & Miche’le

michele-biopic-stillRelease Date:  10/15/16; Lifetime
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Janice Cooke
Studio(s):   Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.
Cast Rhyon Nicole Brown (Michel’le), Curtis Hamilton (Dre), Jamie Kennedy (Jerry Heller), R. Marcos Taylor (Suge Knight).

surviving-compton-stillStory:  The blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton mesmerized music fans with its vivid look behind the scenes of the pioneering hip hop collective N.W.A.  Now get ready to hear a shocking new side of their story.  Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, tells the tale of Michel’le Toussaint, who rose to fame in the early days of rap as the so-called “First Lady of Ruthless Records.”  Surrounded by industry titans like Eazy-Z, Tupac Shakur, and obviously Suge Knight and Dr. Dre, she achieved major chart success – only to have it tarnished by betrayal and corrupt business dealings.  Her romantic relationship with Dre lasted for nearly a decade, during which time she veered further into a world ruled by substance abuse and crime. A blossoming affair with Knight, Dre’s friend and business partner, would offer temporary salvation, but ultimately complicate all of their lives.  Source(s):  People; Billboard.

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A United Kingdom

a-united-kingdomRelease Date:   2016
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  105 mins.
Director:  Amma Asante
Studio(s):   Film United, Harbinger Pictures, Pathé, Perfect Weekend, Yoruba Saxon Productions.

Cast David Oyelowo (Seretse Khama), Rosamund Pike (Ruth Williams Khama), Jack Lowden (Tony Benn), Terry Pheto (Naledi Khama), Vusi Kunene (Tshekedi Khama), Jack Davenport, Tom Felton (Rufus Lancaster).

Story:  Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.  Source:  IMDB.

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